Legal Studies

Prepare for a career in the legal profession or to continue your studies in law or graduate school by majoring in legal studies. C:\fakepath\legalstudiesquote.png

Fast Facts:

  • Required course work focuses on legal theory and practice, substantive law, legal research and writing, as well as other opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • C-SC's Mock Trial Team participates in tournaments around the nation, competing and placing against much larger universities. 
  • Each student selects from different legal venues to complete an internship. These venues include court systems, private law firms, corporate settings, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies.
  • Legal studies minor provides students with a solid conceptual framework to accompany other professional fields such as business and criminal justice.

Student Organizations:

Mock Trial Team


Melody Schroer, JD

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Department Chair of Criminal Justice/Legal Studies
Phone: (573) 288-6386

Schroer joined the C-SC faculty in 2014. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo. with degrees in political science and sociology, followed by her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Washington University School of Law.

After practicing law in a variety of areas she began her teaching career, eventually creating the Paralegal Studies Program at Maryville University, where she taught for nine years. She also worked in the legal publishing industry and has managed her own business.

Schroer teaches in the areas of criminal law, trial advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and legal research & writing. Schroer also leads the Mock Trial and Mediation Teams at Culver-Stockton College. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and former chair of the Paralegal Committee. She is an active advocate for animal rights.

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